Monthly Archives: November 2009

Upcoming Workshop: Create a Scholarly Poster

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Review the details of creating a poster using PowerPoint, including size, color, text, illustrations, and printing options. Share tricks for adding pizazz to your poster.

Wednesday
November 18, 2009
Noon-1pm
Dana Main Conference Room

No need to register, just show up.

Questions? Contact the Reference Desk at 656-2201 or danaref@uvm.edu.

BioX Poster Session by StanfordEdTech used under the Creative Commons License.

Your Weekly Guide to Congress

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The UVM Libraries now provide electronic access to CQ Weekly, from 1983 onward. CQ Weekly is an independent publication that provides objective, non-partisan reporting and analysis of Congressional activities, on a week-by-week basis. It will prove useful to students of political science, public policy, and history.

A recent issue included articles on health care legislation and debates, such as “Health Care: A Matter of Mandates,” “Highlights of the House Health Care Bill,” and “Health Care Polls: The Question Helps Define the Answer.”

Useful charts and graphics summarize recent votes, appropriations, and upcoming bills, making it easy to track on issues, and to see how the President’s agenda is faring. Articles are can be searched a variety of ways, including by topic, committee, or bill number. Floor votes dating back to 1983 can be easily retrieved.

Print volumes of CQ Weekly from 1975-2008 are available in Bailey/Howe Books (JK1 .C15), and 2009 volumes can be found in the Reference Collection. Microfilm at the Library Research Annex dates from 1953-1988.

Senate Entry by deltaMike, used in accordance with Creative Commons.

Tools for Managing and Formatting Citations: Alternatives to EndNote

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  • Looking for a better way to keep track of your sources for research projects?
  • Ever wished there was a tool that could properly format your citations for you?
  • Frustrated by EndNote’s complexity and wishing there were an easier, online tool?

Help is here! UVM students now have several programs available to help track sources and cite them properly in research projects, including online tools such as RefWorks and Zotero. Come to a workshop and learn how to:

  • Choose the program that’s right for you.
  • Save citations from the Library Catalog and Library Databases.
  • Insert properly formatted citations into your paper.

November 17 (Tuesday): 4-5pm, Bailey/Howe Room 123
November 18 (Wednesday): Noon-1pm, Bailey/Howe Room 123
November 18 (Wednesday): 4-5pm, Bailey/Howe Room 123
November 19 (Thursday): 4-5pm, Bailey/Howe Room 123

No registration required. Just show up!
Questions, contact: Daisy Benson.

Call for Collection Proposals

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The UVM Libraries’ Center for Digital Initiatives makes unique research collections available online. This digital library offers powerful search and browse capabilities and accepts a variety of formats − from film to books to born-digital files. Now that we’ve established this infrastructure, we want to expand CDI collections so that our users are better served.

The library’s goal is for CDI users to participate as creators of digital research collections in an open, collaborative environment. We are happy to announce that faculty, students, and staff may now propose collection ideas.

The Center for Digital Initiatives can help you by:

* Providing online access to new teaching collections

* Collaborating on course assignments which use our collections

* Creating collections which support faculty research and department strengths

* Engaging students in research projects and digital curation

If you have any questions about the CDI’s new collection proposal process, feel free to contact Robin M. Katz, Digital Initiatives Outreach Librarian at robin.katz@uvm.edu or (802) 656-3292.

Submit a collection proposal here.

New Look, Same Great Taste

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PubMed changed it’s interface on October 26th, to reveal a more streamlined approach to searching. Favorite features may appear to be missing, but probably have just been moved to a new location. The University of Washington has created a handy chart of old features and where they’ve gone in the new interface.

Here are a couple of tips on the most frequently used features:

* After you have run a search from the Google-like box on the home page of PubMed, if you want to see what the database actually did with your terms, check out the Details to the right and toward the bottom on your search results page.

*The UVM Journal or UVM E-Journal icons are still there, they’re just only visible when you change the display to the Abstract view, or go into a particular record/citation. In the Abstract view, they are underneath the abstract instead of the title as they were before. When you look at the record, the icons will be to the right of the title.

*The tabs that told you how many of your results were available at Dana have gone, but that information is still available. Simply look to the right of your list of search results, and you’ll see a filter called Dana Medical Library with a number in parentheses.

If you have any questions, or need any searching assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the Dana Reference Desk at 656-2201 or danaref@uvm.edu.

EndNote Class

Learn the basics of EndNote. This demonstration could include creating a list of references in EndNote, downloading records from online databases such as PubMed, creating a bibliography, or adding citations to a paper using EndNote and Microsoft Word. The last 15 minutes is reserved for in-depth questions.

Wednesday
November 11, 2009
Noon-1pm

For more information, contact danaref@uvm.edu or 802-656-2201.